First Half Efforts by Bears Improve

Last year when the Bears played the Sooners, they were behind 28-0 at the end of the first quarter. By the end of the first half, it was 42-0. This season it is not coming quite so easy for the Sooners as it was only 14-7 at the end of the first quarter and 27-7 at the end of the half - an improved position of 22 points. However, the Bears have had some misfires and are going to have to play much better to make a game out of it.

When the Sooners took the football 80 yards on ten plays to go up on the Bears 7-0, memories of last year flooded back. However, a 93-yard kickoff return by Randy Davis knotted the score at seven each, and those memories soon faded.

Like was said earlier however, the Bears suffered some misfires. That first Sooner drive may not have been had safety Samir Al-Amin held onto a wayward pass thrown by Jason White at the OU 35-yard line.

On another possession, Baylor receiver Reggie Newhouse, wide open over the middle, was over-thrown by QB Greg Cicero. The game also saw the fist playing time for freshman quarterback Davon Vinson who came in for a couple of plays late in the first quarter.

First half stats showed the Bears bending more than they broke, giving up 310 yards while only netting 83 of their own. Keep in mind, however, that the Bears only mustered 94 yards for the entire game last year. The leading ball carrier for the Bears was Jonathan Golden who had 28 yards on 7 carries for a 4.0 yard average. Meanwhile, OU's Quentin Griffin had 36 yards on 8 carries, a 4.5 yard average. The Bears did manage 5 first downs, which was only two off what they got for the entire game one year ago.

In order to be more competitive in the second half, the Bears will have to minimize their mistakes, and the defense, even though they did sack the OU quarterback several times, will need to put more pressure on White and the secondary will have to improve their play. The Bears gave up 267 yards passing in the first half.

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